posted on Dec, 18 2009 @ 04:14 PM
I'm really not qualified to give advice, but what I can do is relate to your problem. I am an alcoholic who has since reformed myself into a
semi-functioning person. I drink, and every time I feel that tug of need, I mercilessly cut myself off for a period.
It didn't start that way though. I realize this is your thread, but perhaps there is something useful in what I went through.
I drank a lot and often. It cost me my job, and ultimately my home. I did it, and the rock bottom wasn't living on the streets, the rock bottom
was realizing that the alcohol wasn't to blame, nor my enabling "friends", nor anyone else. It was me.
A BIG help for me was to discover some of my triggers that really allowed me to justify a big jolt "just this once and no more". Yep. My
triggers were self-recrimination, cigarette smoking, driving, lonliness and a whole raft of other things. I stopped smoking before I quit drinking.
That was very hard, and didn't really fill me with a lot of hope. I started walking instead of driving, and made it a point to drink in a bar,
rather than alone at home, even though it was more expensive.
I was making progress, I thought, and then used a breakup with a woman who was sick of my crap as an excuse to wallow in my own filth and self-pity.
I got kicked out of my apartment and lived in my POS car. Many hard knocks followed.
I got a couple of dollars together one day, and just drove away from the city (Los Angeles), and ended up in the San Bernardino mountains. I stayed
out there on the fringe of civilization for almost a month, and man I was sick and I was a mess. I left the POS car there, and I wish I had it
today -- '61 Comet, a brown batmobile, classic.
I'm not suggesting anything so radical, and I'm sure as I'm sitting here that those telling you that help outside our yourself is both needed and
time-tested. I guess I just want to instill the thought that it's always seemed to me that in the final analysis, my need to be someone else that
I imagined had to be great enough to make it happen. There were tons of people that helped me, and without them I doubt I'd have survived.
I drink homemade wine mostly. It's not the best, it's not the worst. Every once in a while I go overboard and I'm just not the kind of person
that can do that too often. The stakes are too great.
U2U if you think there is anything I can do to help or just to listen. I can't promise you anything except confidentiality.
Be well. You can do it. peace